Debbie Bassingthwaighte

Debbie Bassingthwaighte

President 2019-2022 | Events Communication 2021-2022


Debbie is a teacher and designer with a deep interest in permaculture-inspired self-reliance and resilience.  Living on a peaceful 5 acres at Postmans Ridge, Debbie feels consciously interconnected with nature and community, and enjoys growing and preserving abundant organic produce with her husband Brodie in their garden farm. 

Since childhood Debbie’s had an an insatiable curiosity and passion for learning and enjoys reading, design, creativity, nostalgic pastimes, and simplicity.  She also loves to inspire and empower others, and has much experience she enjoys sharing:

  • RetroSuburbia – Registered Facilitator
  • Permaculture – Completed 3 PDCs, Advanced Permaculture Design Process, Permaculture Teacher Training
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey Facilitator
  • Values – Minessence Values Consultant
  • Teams – Belbin Team Roles
  • Learning – 40+ years experience as a Teacher, Lecturer, Facilitator, Mentor, Coach, Leader, and Learning Designer
  • Special Education – Dyslexia and Literacy Intervention, Learning Difficulties, Disabilities, and Educational Assessments

Debbie now works in her home-based learning practice, Optimise Learning, and offers a highly-personalised, collaborative approach as a Specialist Literacy Teacher, Mentor to other Facilitators, and Learning Designer.